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NASCAR Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway: Where to watch, what to watch for, weather, odds, and lineup

Joey Logano celebrates after winning the 2020 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, however, oddsmakers are not giving him much of a chance to repeat on Sunday, making him just the ninth favorite. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Joey Logano celebrates after winning the 2020 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, however, oddsmakers are not giving him much of a chance to repeat on Sunday, making him just the ninth favorite. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Ted Fleming
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As the green flag waves for the start of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday, seven drivers will face what the Merriam-Webster dictionary describes as "the stress or urgency of matters demanding attention." In other words, pressure.

There is so much on the line as the Cup Series Playoffs wind down that even the smallest mistake could end someone's dream of taking home the Bill France Trophy next month.

One spot in the Championship Four is off the board, courtesy of NASCAR’s series-best ratings leader Kyle Larson. But the remainder of the Round of 8 hopefuls is one of the most balanced fields in recent memory, combining for 15 victories and a whopping 37 stage wins.


What to watch for at the Hollywood Casino 400

Entering the 2021 Hollywood Casino 400, Ryan Blaney (+17), Denny Hamlin (+9), and Kyle Busch (+8) are holding serve above the cut line, but their leads are precarious at best. Joey Logano is the furthest back in eighth down by 43, courtesy of a disastrous DNF a week ago.

A checkered flag would vault Logano into second place and erase any doubts about his qualifications as a title contender. But Vegas Insiders isn't as bullish on his chances as he is -1600, its ninth choice despite having the most Playoff wins of any driver at this track with three (2014, 2019, 2020).

Meanwhile, defending 2020 Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, eight points behind Kyle Busch and just below the final transfer spot, won’t go away quietly. Brad Keselowski (-15) and Martin Truex Jr. (-22) are both former titleholders, winning in 2012 and 2017 respectively, and are not going to roll over and play dead just because of where they are in the standings.

Statistically, the Super Seven have an aggregate of 10 victories at Kansas Speedway, with only Blaney failing to take a checkered flag, so they know their way around the mile-and-a-half asphalt track.

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Can anyone stop Kyle Larson at the Hollywood Casino 400?

Kyle Larson has locked himself onto the Championship Four following his victory at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 and the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Halloween will serve as tune-ups. The 29-year old Hendrick Motorsports driver has more wins this year β€” eight in 33 starts β€” than in his previous 223 races combined. Larson is an overwhelming favorite to win the Cup Series title (+150), according to Vegas Insider, as well as the race (see below).

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Hollywood Casino 400 – Where to watch and listen

β€’ NBC Sports Network will carry the Hollywood Casino 400 race live at 3:00 p.m. ET, preceded by Countdown to Green at 2:00 p.m. ET. The race will also be streamed on the NBC Sports app.

β€’ Radio coverage will be provided by the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).


Sunday’s weather at Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400

Forty drivers will take the green flag fo just after 3:00 p.m. ET, and there is a possibility that the race could be interrupted by rain. Showers early, then scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day, high near 75F. SSW winds at 10 to 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%.


Hollywood Casino 400 – By the numbers

Race: Number 2 in the Round of 8

What: Hollywood Casino 400

Where: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS

When: Sunday, October 24 at 3:00 p.m.

Defending race champion: Kyle Busch (2020)

Last winner from the pole: Kevin Harvick (2018)

Track size: 1.520-mile tri-oval

Frontstretch / Backstretch: 2,685 feet / 2,207 feet

Banking: 17-20Β° corners / 10Β° frontstretch / 5Β° backstretch

Race length: 400.5 miles (267 laps)

Stages: 80 / 160 / 267


Hollywood Casino 400 Odds (From Vegas Insider)

+240 Kyle Larson

+550 Denny Hamlin

+600 Kyle Busch

+800 Chase Elliott

+900 William Byron

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Kansas Speedway track history

FIRST RACE: Sept. 30, 2001 – Protection One 400, won by Jeff Gordon

OWNER: International Speedway Corporation


Lineup for the Hollywood Casino 400

Note: There is no practice or qualifying. The starting lineup is set by qualifying metrics.

Row 1: Kyle Larson (pole), Ryan Blaney

Row 2: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch

Row 3: Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin

Row 4: Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano

Row 5: William Byron, Christopher Bell

Row 6: Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddick

Row 7: Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon

Row 8: Matt DiBenedetto, Daniel Suarez

Row 9: Erik Jones, Michael McDowell

Row 10: Chase Briscoe, Aric Almirola

Row 11: Chris Buescher, Cole Custer

Row 12: Corey Lajoie, Ross Chastain

Row 13: Alex Bowman, BJ McLeod

Row 14: Bubba Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Row 15: Anthony Alfredo, Josh Bilicki

Row 16: Ryan Newman, Ryan Preece

Row 17: Justin Haley, Ryan Ellis

Row 18: Quin Houff, Cody Ware

Row 19: Chad Finchum, David Starr

Row 20: Joey Gase, Parker Kligerman


Edited by Sandeep Banerjee
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